Topics on Assessment Tools
Some assessments focus only on directly determinable factors such as key personality characteristics and real skills, while others measure more qualitative attributes, such as career goals and workplace preferences. Each assessment varies in the specific personality characteristics it measures, but common attributes include an applicant's interests, values and abilities. Whatever the focus, the goal of the assessment is to ascertain the individual talents, skills and motivations of each applicant.
Discovering these attributes and identifying individual strengths and weaknesses help employers better place their employees to optimize production capacity and reduce costs. The better an employee understands his or her preferences in a career, the less likely a career change will be necessary and the more likely an employee will stay in one position, given the opportunity to continue to grow professionally. However, there are some related drawbacks to the assessment process.
Career assessment tools may not give accurate information, and so may not adequately address the real career needs of an individual. Additionally, many of the most useful tools require the oversight of professional interpreters to guarantee the validity of the results and to apply the results in the most useful way.
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